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Report: California tourism spending hits record $117.5 billion

About 251 million people – visitors and residents – traveled in California in 2014, spending an all-time record of $117.5 billion, according to a new report released by Visit California, the nonprofit that helps develop the state’s travel and tourism marketing programs.

Those numbers were up from 2013, when 235 million travelers spent $109.6 billion.

Visit California said 53 of California’s 58 counties saw year-over-year increases in direct travel spending, with Sacramento County taking in $3.4 billion, up from $3.3 billion in 2013.

Visit California said 2014 travel supported more than 1 million jobs and generated $9.3 billion in state and local tax revenue, up more than 30 percent from $7.1 billion the prior year.

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